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This is a selective list. Statistical data may be found in many other places, including books and journal articles, in print, on microfilm, on CD-ROMs, and online. You may find them as:
  • Preformatted tables
  • Online interactive datasets that allow you to create custom tables to print or download
  • Maps or atlases
  • Raw data that needs to be downloaded and imported into statistical analysis software. These kinds of data typically require you to read the data dictionary, which explains what the coded variables actually represent, and construct your own formulas to create the statistics you need.
Techniques for locating statistics include:
  • Find a book or journal article about your topic, and check the sources that they used.
  • Search the Library Catalog for STATISTICS and words that describe your topic
Public Opinion Data may appear in some of the resources below, but also check our Public Opinion Subject Guide.

If you have questions as you are working, please click on the Ask a librarian icon.  We will be happy to work with you.
Searching for Data in the Catalog
Search the Library Catalog for STATISTICS and words that describe your topic, e.g. POPULATION STATISTICS, or HOUSING UNITED STATES STATISTICS, or CANCER STATISTICS.

Geographic search tips:
  • Subject heading UNITED STATES typically means data aggregated for the entire nation
  • Sources that cover the U.S. or a region (e.g. Northeastern States) and states or cities will typically have subject headings just for the U.S. or region
  • Subject headings U.S. STATES or TOPIC UNITED STATES STATES typically mean data at the state level
  • Sources with only local data have subject headings such as:
    • METROPOLITAN AREAS
    • CITIES AND TOWNS
    • CENSUS DISTRICTS
    • ELECTION DISTRICTS
    • ADMINISTRATIVE AND POLITICAL DIVISIONS

USA Country-wide Data

 

General US


Statistical Abstract of the United States Unrestricted Access Some full text available
The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States.  Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web.  Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations. The current print edition is located in the Reference Department with older editions in the stacks.

Data (World Bank) Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Recognizing that transparency and accountability are essential to development, the World Bank Group provides free access to its comprehensive set of data on living standards around the globe--some 2,000 indicators, including hundreds that go back 50 years. The data is available in Arabic, French, and Spanish in addition to English.



FedStats: The gateway to statistics from over 100 U.S. Federal agencies Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: varies. More than 70 agencies in the United States Federal Government produce statistics of interest to the public. The Federal Interagency Council on Statistical Policy maintains this site to provide easy access to the full range of statistics and information produced by these agencies for public use.Search multiple federal government statistics sites at the same time. Among the most useful:

US Census Bureau Unrestricted Access
US Census Bureau with links to census data. For demographic information, look at Population and Household Economic Topics or use the American Factfinder.  For a simpler, but less complete, source of US statistics, try Easy Stats  

Social Trends and Indicators USA Restricted Access Some full text available
2003 ed. Provides detailed statistics on social issues paired with expert analysis of the statistics.

Social Explorer Restricted Access Some full text available
1790 - present. A premier U.S. demographics website with online tools help you visually analyze and understand the demography of the United States through the use of interactive maps and data reports.

IPUMS (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series) Unrestricted Access   Census microdata for social and economic research. IPUMS-USA is a coherent national census database spanning 1850 to 2000.

Data FERRETT (Federal Electronic Research and Review Extraction Tool) Unrestricted Access
Data from the Current Population Survey and Survey of Income and Program Participation. Both current and historical data are provided. Additional data areas will also be covered. FERRET allows easy location, extraction, and downloading of data. Users must register but service is free.

General Social Survey Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Contains a standard 'core' of demographic, behavioral, and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest, including voting behavior. Many of the core questions have remained unchanged since 1972 to facilitate time-trend studies. Polls U.S. Data available for download. Also available as part of the SDA Statistical Documentation and Analysis Archive at UC Berkeley, which allows online analysis.

United States 2000: Population and Housing Counts (pdf file) Unrestricted Access
Overview of data for the United States, taken from the 2000 Census.

The Odum Institute for Research in Social Science Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Archive of Harris (1962- ) and other polls maintained at the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina. Check " within this collection" box next to the search input window.

Housing and Urban Development Data Sets Unrestricted Access
HUD USER provides interested researchers with access to the original electronic data sets generated by PD&R sponsored data collection efforts, including the American Housing Survey, HUD median family income limits, as well as microdata from research initiatives on topics such as housing discrimination, the HUD-insured multifamily housing stock, and the public housing population.

ICPSR Unrestricted Access Some full text available
The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), located within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization serving member colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Colgate is a member and data not available on the Internet can be requested from the University representative. Inquire in the Economics Department. Although the majority of the data deal with the U.S., significant data sets are available for other countries.

FAOSTAT Unrestricted Access
FAOSTAT provides time-series and cross sectional  data relating to food and agriculture for some 200 countries.

Historical


Historical Statistics of the United States, Colonial Times to 1970 : Bicentennial Edition Restricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: 1700 - 1970. Quantitative indicators of American history. The Millennial edition contains data through the year 2000 and generally should be used in preference to this version.

Historical Statistics of the United States: Millennial Edition Restricted Access Some full text available

Historical Census Data (GEOSTAT) Unrestricted Access
From the University of Virginia, the data presented here describe the population and economy of U.S. states and counties from 1790 to 1960. No information is available below the county level, and only states are included (no information on western territories before statehood, or for the District of Columbia).

Children


Children's Defense Fund (CDF) Unrestricted Access
Reports, charts, studies on child poverty, health, and education. Most data from "The State of American's Children".

National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect Unrestricted Access
Maintined by Cornell, data on child welfare and maltreatment.

Administration for Children and Families Unrestricted Access
Part of Dept. of Human Services, includes policy and planning links to serveral statistical reports including data on adoption, foster care, Head Start, and child abuse.

Juvenile Justice Statistical Briefing Book Unrestricted Access
From the National Center for Juvenile Justice, includes downloadable spreadsheets.

Crime


Crime in the United States, 2008 Unrestricted Access
Annual. Crime in the United States (CIUS) is an annual publication in which the FBI compiles volume and rate of crime offenses for the nation, the states, and individual agencies. The report also includes arrest, clearance, and law enforcement employee data.

Bureau of Justice Statistics Unrestricted Access
From the U. S. Department of Justice, links to statistics about crime and criminal offenders, victims, law enforcement, prosecution, the justice system, and special topics. Includes links to data sets that can be used for analysis.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service: Statistics Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Links to advance search for statistics. Select: Federal Justice Web Sites, then enter statistics plus a word or phrase which describes the statistic you are looking for.

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics Case Ref & Main HV6787 .S68 Unrestricted Access
Online (2002) Online pdf files(1994-2001) Online web (1994-2002)Print (1973-2003)Brings together data from more than 100 sources about many aspects of criminal justice in the United States. These data are displayed in over 600 tables.

Terrorism in the United States Unrestricted Access
Online (1996- ) Print (1995-98): Case Documents J 1.14/22: FBI reports.

Uniform Crime Reports Unrestricted Access
Online (1995-97) Print (1930-97): Case Documents J 1.14/7:

State Statistical Analysis Centers Unrestricted Access
Statistical Analysis Centers (SACs) are state agencies that collect, analyze, and disseminate justice data. They contribute to effective state policies through statistical services, research, evaluation, and policy analysis.  For New York, see the Division of Criminal Justice Services.

State and Local Drug Resources Unrestricted Access
From the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Education


NSF Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System (SESTAT) Unrestricted Access
 SESTAT is the Scientists and Engineers Statistical Data System. This integrated data system is a unique source of longitudinal information on the education and employment of the college-educated U.S. science and engineering workforce. These data are collected through three biennial surveys:
           The National Survey of College Graduates (NSCG)
           The National Survey of Recent College Graduates (NSRCG)
           The Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR)
The NSCG is the core of SESTAT providing data on the U.S. scientists and engineers (S&E) workforce with at least a bachelor's degree. The NSRCG supplements these data with the inflow of recent college graduates at the bachelor's and master's degree level. The SDR further supplements SESTAT with the stock and inflow of U.S.-degreed doctoral level scientists and engineers.

Elections


Federal Election Commission Unrestricted Access Some full text available
In 1975, Congress created the Federal Election Commission (FEC) to administer and enforce the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) - the statute that governs the financing of federal elections. This site is useful for its statistics on registration, voting, and campaign finances

ANES, American National Election Studies Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Five decades of data on voting, public opinion, and political participation.

How to Research Elections CASE Ref JK976.M37 2000 Unrestricted Access

Election Information from Office of the Clerk of the House Unrestricted Access
Results by candidate, state, party from 1920-

U.S. Census. Voting and Registration Unrestricted Access
From the Current Population Survey 1964-

Health


Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2008 Unrestricted Access
Issued in September 2009, this Current Population Report examines recent changes within the demographic profile of the real median household income of US residents, along with material on the nation's official poverty rate and those persons without health insurance coverage.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Unrestricted Access
CMS offers researchers and other health care professionals a broad range of quantitative information on our programs, from estimates of future Medicare and Medicaid spending to enrollment, spending, and claims data.

National Center for Health Statistics Unrestricted Access
Part of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention

National Institute on Drug Abuse Unrestricted Access

IPUMS (Integrated Public Use Microdata Series) Unrestricted Access   Integrated Health Interview Series is a coherent national census database spanning 1960s to present.

ICPSR Unrestricted Access Some full text available
The Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), located within the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization serving member colleges and universities in the United States and abroad. Colgate is a member and data not available on the Internet can be requested from the University representative. Inquire in the Economics Department. Although the majority of the data deal with the U.S., significant data sets are available for other countries.


Immigration


Center for Immigration Studies Unrestricted Access
The Center for Immigration Studies is an independent, non-partisan, non-profit research organization founded in 1985. It is the nation's only think tank devoted exclusively to research and policy analysis of the economic, social, demographic, fiscal, and other impacts of immigration on the United States.

Office of Immigration Statistics 2003- Unrestricted Access
OIS, within the Office of Policy of the Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for developing, analyzing, and disseminating statistical information needed to assess the effects of immigration in the United States. Includes the Yearbook of Immigration Statistics from 2004- .

Charities


National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS) Unrestricted Access
The national clearinghouse of data on the nonprofit sector in the United States.

Vital Statistics


Mortality Statistics Case Main HA203 .A215 Unrestricted Access

Vital Statistics of the United States Case Main HA203 .A22 Unrestricted Access

National Vital Statistics System (NCHS) Unrestricted Access

Women


Center for American Women and Politics Unrestricted Access
A unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers, CAWP is the leading source of scholarly research and current data about American women’s political participation.

Women Stats Project Unrestricted Access Some full text available Resource contains images
One of the most comprehensive compilations of information on the status of women in the world. The Project facilitates understanding the linkage between the situation of women and the security of nation-states. It combs the extant literature and conducts expert interviews to find qualitative and quantitative information on over 310 indicators of women's status in 174 countries

Technology

Pew Internet and American Life Project Unrestricted Access
Reports on a variety of topics relating to life in America.
State-level Data

StateMaster.com Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Coverage: Continually updated (supported by ads). An unique statistical database which allows you to research and compare a multitude of different data on US states. Compiled information is included from various primary sources such as the US Census Bureau, the FBI, and the National Center for Educational Statistics.

State and Metropolitan Area Data Book Unrestricted Access
Online (1997-98 & 2006) Paper (1979- ): Case Ref & Main HA218 .S73 The Data Book contains a collection of statistics on social and economic conditions in the United States at the State and metropolitan area levels. Selected data for component counties and central cities of metropolitan areas are also included. Published approximately every 5 years.

USA Counties Unrestricted Access
LASR CD-ROM (1992-98) Files include data published for 1997 population estimates and over 500 items from the 1990 Census of Population and Housing, the 1980 census and the 1992, 1987, 1982 and 1977 economic censuses. Information in USA Counties is derived from the following general topics: age, agriculture, ancestry, banking, building permits, business patterns, crime, earnings, education, elections, government, health, households, housing, income, labor force and employment, manufactures, population, poverty, retail trade, services industries, social programs, veterans, vital statistics, and wholesale trade.

County and City Databook Unrestricted Access
Paper (1940- ): Case Ref & Case Main HA202 .A36 Online (1944-2000): Univ. of Virginia Online (2000 and 2007): Census LASR CD-ROM (1988-2000): C 3.134/2-1: In one convenient place for your school project, business plan, or other tasks, official population and housing data from the 2000 Census plus business and other data for all U.S. counties, cities with 25,000 or more inhabitants, and places of 2,500 or more inhabitants. Published approximately every 5 years.

State and County QuickFacts Unrestricted Access

Govistics Unrestricted Access Some full text available
Data include state and county population; and spending, revenue, government employment and crime data for state and county governments. View online (including graphs), or download Excel spreadsheets. Source of data: U.S. Census of Government and FBU Uniform crime reporting system. A project of the Center for Governmental Research, a N.Y. based nonprofit working to improve government and school district efficiency and effectiveness.

Population Reference Bureau DataFinder Unrestricted Access
PRB focuses on four core themes: Reproductive Health and Fertility; Children and Families; Population and the Environment; and Population Futures - Aging, Inequality and Poverty, Migration and Urbanization, and Gender.

MAPSTATS Unrestricted Access
View a profile of your State, county, city, congressional district, or Federal judicial district.

Metropolitan Area Rankings Unrestricted Access
Link searches the census website for rankings of major metropolitan areas of the United States.

New York State Data Center Unrestricted Access
The New York State Data Center is New York’s primary repository of economic and demographic data.

New York Statistical Yearbook Unrestricted Access
Print (1967-69, 1972-77, 1983- ): Case Ref & Case Main HA541 .N53 Online (2002- )

New York Quick Facts Unrestricted Access
Can search by county, also links to data sets from the 1990 and 2000 Census, population estimates, projections, income and poverty.
Need Other Data?
The resources listed above are a relative few of the many available on every topic. The following websites may lead you to other data sources.

Scholars' Lab Digital Resources at the University of Virginia Unrestricted Access

Statistical Resources on the Web (from the University of Michigan Documents Center) Unrestricted Access

EconData.net Unrestricted Access

Data on the Net Unrestricted Access
From the University of California, San Diego, a searchable database of data resources on the Internet.

CISER (Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research) Unrestricted Access
Links to data sets on the Internet.

International statistics




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